This website gives an overview of the time-use of Belgian people living in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia in 1999, 2005 and 2013. It came to existence as a cooperation project between the Research group TOR of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Statistics Belgium.

The time use of the respondents was registered based on a diary, in accordance with the EUROSTAT guidelines, wherein the respondents noted  all activities in their own words  during one weekday (from Monday until Friday) and one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) per 10 minute intervals.

In 1999 8,382 respondents of 10 years or older from 4.275 households have filled in their diaries during two days. In 2005 the number of respondents was 6.400 from 3.474 households. In 2013 the number of respondents was 5.559 from 2.744 households.

The selection happened on the level of households. This means that family members of 10 or older had to fill in the diaries. All the members of the household had to fill in the diaries on the same registration days. Next to all their activities, the respondents also noted information about the place of the activity, the persons present and (if possible) the mode of transportation.

Making your own tables 

This website provides the possibility to get an extensive overview of the time-use of the Belgian people from 12 and older in the years of 1999, 2005 and 2013. By using the tables, you can analyse the time-use of the Belgian population per day, per week and broken down by several background characteristics. Here you can make your own tables based on your own interests.

By choosing the tab ‘Tables’ in the menu above it is possible to get a first insight into the time use of Belgians. For this, no or very few expertise is needed (‘normal modus’). In case you are more familiar with time-use data, you can also get much more detailed information on several background characteristics in the ‘expert modus’.

In case you would like to get to know more about the research and the website, you can find relevant information under the different menu buttons above. You can find information, amongst others, about the manual for the tables, the used questionnaire, the diaries, the variables, etc.

Reference in case of using the data from the website:

Glorieux, I., J. Minnen, T.P. van Tienoven, et al. (2015) Website 'Belgisch tijdsbudgetonderzoek' (www.time-use.be), Onderzoeksgroep TOR Vrije Universiteit Brussel & AD Statistiek – Statistics Belgium, Brussel.

Contact information:

TOR: Ignace Glorieux & Joeri Minnen: torinfo@vub.ac.be.